Organizing Your Content


A quick way to find what you're looking for in Box is to use the built-in search feature. For more information, see the user guide page on Searching.

However, as your list of files and folders gets longer, you may choose to use some of the following strategies to organize your content. These include:

  • Sorting content by date
  • Favorites
  • Bookmarks
  • Tags
  • Personalizing your dashboard
  • Desktop shortcuts
  • Moving/copying

Keep in mind that changes you make to a shared file/folder, including moving items and adding tags, can affect everyone that it is shared with.


Content on can be organized by date. There are two ways to see your most recent items.

Viewing Most Recent Files/Folders

  • Click on Updated at the top of the All Files list to organize your content by the date on which each item was last updated. By default, folders are listed above files.
Box items sorted by date


  • Click on the Recents icon in the left-hand menu to see a list of your most recently updated items.
Recents icon


Interested in seeing your most recent items every time you log in? See the section below on Personalizing Your Dashboard. 


Adding files/folders to your Favorites allows you to quickly access your most important and commonly used items. The Favorites section is located on the home screen in the left-hand menu. You can navigate to any item listed under Favorites simply by clicking the item.

Favorites list


While a file/folder is selected in your file list, you can simply click on the star icon next to its name at the top of the page to mark it as a favorite. Clicking on the star icon again will unfavorite the item.

Favorites Star Icon


You can also manage favorites through the More Options button as described below.

Adding to Favorites

1. Find the file/folder you would like to make a favorite on the website.

2. Click on the More Options button for that item.

3. Select Add to Favorites.

4. The file/folder will appear in your Favorites section.

Add to Favorites

Removing from Favorites

1. Find the file/folder in Box.

2. Click on the More Options button.

3. Select Remove from Favorites.


Alternatively, you can click on the × button next to a Favorite in the left-hand menu of the home page to remove it from your Favorites.

Remove Favorite



A bookmark is a link to something. Think of it like a bookmark in Firefox or Chrome. You can create bookmarks to files/folders in Box to give yourself another way to access them.

Example of a bookmark

Changes that you make to the linked file or folder follow the sharing rules of the file/folder (not the bookmark).

How to Create a Bookmark

1. Find the item that you would like to create a bookmark for.

2. Copy the URL from your browser’s address bar.

3. Navigate to the Box folder where you’d like to leave the bookmark.

4. Click on the New button near the top of the screen.

New Bookmark button

5. Select Bookmark. A popup window will appear.

6. URL - Paste the URL for the item that you are bookmarking.

7. Name (optional) – Provide a name for your bookmark. This will be used to label the bookmark within the folder.

8. Description (optional) – Provide a description of the item that the link will bring users to.

9. Click Create.

New Bookmark Window

10. A bookmark will be created in the desired location. 


Tags are labels that you can attach to files/folders. They can be used as descriptors, warnings about sensitive information that shouldn’t be shared with other people, etc.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Collaborators on files/folders will be able to see your tags.

  • Tags must be unique across Tufts University.

  • Create unique tags that are specific to you. You may want to use your last name at the beginning of the tag.
Example Tags

Adding/Editing Tags

1. Find the file/folder that you’d like to tag on the website.

2. Click on the More Options button for the item.

3. Move your mouse over the More Actions button. A menu will appear.

4. Select Add or Edit Tags.

Add or Edit Tags

5. To add a tag, type it in and hit Enter. Do this for each tag.

6. To remove a tag, click on the × button next to it.

7. When you are done, click Save.

Editing Tags



Box gives you the ability to personalize what your dashboard looks like every time you log in.

How to Personalize your Dashboard

1. Click on your profile icon at the top right of the page.

2. Select Account Settings.

3. Go to Account > General Options.

4. Choose your settings.

  • Home page - Choose if the default view is All Files, Favorites, or Recents.
  • Files and Folders Per Page - 20, 50, 75, or 100.
  • Display Item Tags - Select if you want tags to be shown under file/folder names.

5. Click on Save Changes when you are done.

General Options



If you have Box Drive installed, you can create desktop shortcuts to files and folders in Box. The items that you create shortcuts for will still be saved in the cloud, so changes that you make will be synced to your Box account.

When creating these desktop shortcuts, do NOT simply drag and drop items from Box Drive to your desktop. That will create local copies of items that are no longer linked to Box.

Instructions for Mac

1. Open Finder.

2. Select Box from the left-hand menu.

3. Navigate to your desired file/folder.

4. While holding Option and Command, drag the file/folder to your desktop.

Instructions for Windows PC

1. Open Explorer.

2. Select Box from the left-hand menu.

3. Navigate to your desired file/folder.

4. Right-click on the file/folder.

5. Select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).


Use caution. Moved/copied items lose the sharing settings of the old location and adopt the sharing settings of the new location!

  • Moving an item changes the location of that item. Changes to the file/folder will affect EVERYONE who has access to it.
  • Copying an item creates a duplicate of that item. Changes you make to a COPY do not show up in the original. Copied items inherit the permissions of the folder they are copied into.

For a demonstration, watch the video on Moving and Copying in Box.

How to Move or Copy an Item

1. Find the file/folder you’d like to move or copy.

2. Move your mouse over the file/folder so that the option buttons appear.

3. Click on the More Options button. A dropdown menu will appear.

Move or Copy

4. Select Move or Copy. A popup window will appear.

5. Search for the folder you would like to move/copy your selected item to, or you can find it yourself in the folder list.

6. Select the destination folder by clicking in the circle next to the folder’s name.

Select destination

7. Click either the Move or Copy button, depending on what you want to do.

8. The item or copy will now be located in the destination that you selected.

How to Move or Copy an Item from Box Drive

Items stored to your Box account can also be moved or copied using your computer’s file manager if you have Box Drive installed. Just open your computer’s file manager (Finder on a Mac or Explorer on a PC) and copy or move files like you normally would. The changes that you make will be synced with Box.